Being injured in a car accident is challenging enough, but when you are then unable to work and lose your job, it can be truly devastating. As an experienced personal injury attorney in the Fresno area, we are often asked about the options in this situation. We invite you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free consultation or keep reading to get the basic information.
You Might Have Access to a Long-Term Disability Policy Through Your Employer
It is possible that you have access to a long-term disability policy with your employer. This is likely the first option you will consider. Talk to your company’s HR or benefits office to find out what type of policy you have and what it covers. If you were injured while working, you might have access to workers’ compensation benefits too.
You Might Be Eligible for Social Security Disability
Depending on your situation and the state in which you are located, you might be eligible for social security benefits. There might be state disability income available to you as well. Your attorney can talk to your employer and consider all potential methods of income that could be available to you.
Your Job Might Not Be Kept for You
If you have an injury that is not devastating and you will only be off for a few weeks, employers might be able to hold your job – but they might not. In these situations, even a person who did not suffer a life-long injury might lose their job due to not being able to work in the short term. If this is your situation, then the at-fault party should be held financially responsible for the costs associated with your job transition. After all, if it were not for the accident they caused, you would have continued to work at the job.
You Should Look for a Job if Possible
If you are able to work, you might assume that it is best to wait to look for work until the case has been settled. After all, if you are working when the case comes up, won’t that show that your case is not valid? Quite the opposite. It will show that you did not spend time not working when you could have been working. It will show that you only want to be compensated for your damages and are not trying to take advantage of anyone.
Of course, if you cannot work, then you should not go out and get work. In both cases, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 sooner rather than later so we can provide a free legal consultation.